Questions tagged [url-parameters]

URL parameters are part of the query string part of the URL and used to pass values to the underlying script.

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Is a trailing slash appropriate before URL parameters?

I understand that http://www.example.com/product and http://www.example.com/product/ can actually be seen as 2 different URLs and is probably best avoided for SEO purposes, but how does this ...
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Where does the URL parameter “?chocaid=397” come from?

In Google Webmaster Tools, I noticed that my front page was indexed two times: example.com/ example.com/?chocaid=397 I know that I could fix this with the use of link type canonical, but I wonder: ...
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How to remove the related videos at end of YouTube embedded video?

I am trying to get the embedded videos to stop showing at the end of the embedded YouTube videos on my website. I have tried the ?rel=0 and it does not work. Any other ideas?
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Can keywords in the URL path be separated by commas for Google?

As we know, keywords in the URL are helpful with your SEO, for example, /keyword1-keyword2, or keyword1_keyword2. We know that Google is able to identify the two keywords. However, what if it was ...
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How to correctly remove parameters from the Google index?

Within the GWT console under URL Parameters there are two settings that I'm not clear on. What is the difference between setting a URL parameter to: No: Doesn't affect page content and Yes:Changes, ...
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Is having a keyword appear twice in the URL good?

Let's say the keyword i am targeting is "JavaScript" for seo of my website And My domain name is JavaScript.com. Now i post a blog something like "What is the scope of variables in JavaScript". So my ...
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“Invented” URL parameters

This is a question on the best action to take when Google is indexing pages that don't really exist. I have a pretty simple pagination system on a set of news pages where the file is referenced news....
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Strange URL parameter in Google search result, looks like an advertisement

I'm a total noob when it comes to being a web dev so please forgive me if the following sounds idiotic. I noticed that when you search my website one of the result's URL looks like an advertisement: ...
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PHP header redirect that maintains query parameters?

I am experimenting with the PHP redirect http://www.phpjunkyard.com/tutorials/php-redirect.php. Specifically the 301 redirect to create a self correcting URL to help with typos - there's a unique ID ...
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Is it possible to track URL parameters and then the value of a cookie?

I have recently launched a site for a customer which we would like to track initial visits on URLs like below via Google Analytics, and then track revisits on their respective referral code: Users ...
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What does Enable/Disable mean in Bing's URL Normalization feature?

I'm in Bing Webmaster Tools, under Index > URL Normalization. Many parameters are listed in the table with 3 other columns: Status, Source, Date. The "Source" column says "Webmaster" where I have ...
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what is the meaning and use case of each URL encoding Reserved Characters

Quote from Percent-encoding When a character from the reserved set (a "reserved character") has special meaning (a "reserved purpose") in a certain context, and a URI scheme says that it is ...
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Best SEO-friendly practice of adding filters to URLs

I like to know the best approach of adding filters to a URL. Ex: 1 http://example.com/items-recent-1.html http://example.com/items-price-1.html Above URL is made of site URL / file name / filter by ...
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Duplicate content due to URL parameters ('canonical' link type can’t be used)

There are over 40k pages of duplicate content that was flagged during an audit. It seems that most are due to the parameters in the URLs. The format is below: http://example.org/site/UserLogin http:/...
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Writing clean urls with .htaccess

Update - Alright thanks everyone for your tests, it really helped. The code is good. My problem was not having absolute "/" links. (Due to moving from public_html folder). Only 2 concerns i have now. ...
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Should URLs omit a parameter with the default value like ?page=1

I have a blog and its URLs are paginated like www.example.com/blog?page=x I have pagination to create these links: www.example.com/blog?page=1 www.example.com/blog?page=2 www.example.com/blog?page=...
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How to construct the URL for search with multiple input?

I am having a home page where I can search on multiple tags. How should I construct the URL? Suppose I search for tag = test_1 and tag = test_2 Should I construct the url like http://www.example....
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How to tell Google to ignore URL parameters and forget about any already crawled?

Is there any way we can delete Google URL Parameters? I know in webmaster tools that there is no option to delete the URL parameters that were crawled by Google, but is their any other way we can take ...
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Google Analytics Campaigns - cleanup URL after arriving to webpage?

After visitor lands to my webpage using campaign url: http://www.mydomain.com?utm_source=signature&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=myname Is it possible to do a rewrite to http://www.mydomain....
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What is adding p, subid, and uid variables to the query string of a site url?

One of our sites is seeing ~100 sessions a day landing on the home page with a query string like the following appended: ?p=1471086892&subid=526&uid=48752857D549575A Each one has the same ...
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Should my canonical URL contain the language parameter?

As I understand correct a canonical URL should point to the original URL of the website. Our website provides different languages that can be switched with an URL parameter, instantly. Our website is ...
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Does using the Google URL shortener add anything to utm_ tracking tags in Google Analytics?

I scanned a qr code from a competitor today, and they used the googl URL shortner. Though the destination was a facebook page, not an actual website, I noticed that there weren't any parameters ...
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Can Google read structured data that is written by JavaScript depending on the URL parameters?

Is it possible to create a page with different structured data depending on the URL parameters? According to Google: Also, Google can read JSON-LD data when it is dynamically injected into the ...
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How to delete URL parameter from Google Search Console via .htaccess?

My WordPress site, not that much huge content. Recent faced problem of High CPU bandwidth usage. Within seconds it gets 100% and the server become down. After a huge analysis, I found that in Google ...
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Why Google recommendations for multilingual urls don't correspond to what they use (hl=xx)?

Google's recommendations for multilingual sites say that: URL parameters site.com?loc=de Not recommended But they use them for all their services like: google.com, play.google.com, support.google....
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Is utm_source really mandatory in Google Analytics?

According to the Google URL Builder document, utm_source, utm_medium and utm_campain are mandatory. What happens in Google Analytics when you only fill out the latter two, for example: http://...
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How to fail in case of incorrect URI parameter?

What is the correct way to fail when the user provides a wrong or not applicable value for a query parameter? with a HTTP 406 Not Acceptable status code and a page describing the issue with a HTTP ...
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Robots.txt to block a parameter instead of a directory

It's my understanding that URLs are of the format example.com/something/somethingelse. It's my understanding that parameters follow the URL with a question mark example.com?l=fr_FR My CMS website ...
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URL Parameters in the new Google Search Console?

Google recently moved to a new Search Console. In the old Search Console it's (in February 2019 still) possible to tell how Googlebot should interpret URL parameters. Help Google crawl your site ...
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which component handle php's GET parameters in a URL

In a webserver, which component handles the translation of URL parameters to the $_GET global variable? Is that a module in PHP engine, or a module of the web server (Apache, Nginx)? I'm asking ...
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How to remove the old site from Google Search and reset Google Search Console after developing a new website

I have made a web app in Meteor to replace an old site that was made using PHP. The site is up and it's working. The problem I'm having with it is SEO and Google search. I know this is not easy ...
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Should I be 301 redirecting query strings in shopping carts?

Should I redirect query strings in a shopping cart discovered by Google Webmaster Tools, which we don't want to show up there. Should we 301 URL like this? example.com=shop.ask&product_id=31&...
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Google webmaster tools: parameters that only apply on one page

I'm trying to get my e-commerce website on google and still figuring out how it all works. Now, I have seen this feature named URL-parameters, allowing me to set different parameters that affect page ...
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IE strips off parameters from a file URI pasted into an address bar?

Question: How do I stop IE from stripping off parameters from file URI pasted into address bar? Description of a problem: I have a "simpleTest.html" page with only this JS code inside, that returns ...
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Will Google index all the forum topics if they share one PHP file and use URL parameters?

So there is a website which is has dozens of themes e.g.-> cats Ford birds NASA... U get the point. And then every theme has a unique topic. cats ->> Topic1, Topic2,..... Ford->> Topic1, Topic2,.....
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Would google handle querystring parameters in a image filename as seperate images?

We have images which we would like to name like: product-category-id.png?width=500&height=100 Example: nike-air-span-2-premium-shoes-men-123456.png?width=500&height=400 Now the server will ...
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How to handle URL query strings with over 1 million combinations

I have an interactive page on my website that produces millions of combinations. Users can share a link to the specific combination. Something like: example.com/tool?id1=blah&id2=blahagain This ...
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Best way to analyse url paramaters for a single page within Google Analytics?

I'm trying to study real world usage of a search page in a website. The search results page use URL parameters for its settings. The parameters are very simple and straight forward, for example: ...
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How to remove parameters from getting indexed on my desktop link from mobile site?

I have example.com and m.example.com which both rel=canonical and rel=alternate to each other. On my mobile site I have a "desktop site" link that links to example.com?mobileOut that opts out of the ...
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How to get a more detailed Google Analytics report about a campaign

I'm running an e-commerce website and have a featured product block on the home page. When the banner is generated, the URL is dynamically assembled using the Google Campaign URL Builder guidelines: ...
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Is URL consistency important? Can I have multiple URL styles on one website?

I have a website in which the URL structure is mysite.com/Anything_Here/And_Something_Here. I would like to have another section in the same site with mysite.com/new-section/and-new-contents-here/...
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How long does it take for URL Parameters changes to take effect on Google Webmaster Tools?

Google was showing up pages with affiliate ID parameter in the search results. After some research on how to disallow this, I came across URL parameters in Webmaster tools. I set the parameters for ?...
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What is the difference between two URL input boxes in Facebook Ad Manager?

I'm unable to understand these two boxes for tracking links: I understand that the first one is the link used in the ad. If so, then what is the second one is for?
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Do URL parameters make duplicate pages for search engines? [duplicate]

I found in HTML Improvements section google search console about 1200 duplicate meta title, then I checked one of them for example Tehran to Qeshm flights: /flights/THR-GSM/1392-02-02/1-0-0 /flights/...
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The name of a month as a string vs digit in a URL — any downsides for SEO?

I'm aware about the difference between my_domain.com/my-article1-title and my_domain.com/2015/12/my-article1-title. In my application I have the following type of urls: my_domain.com/2015/december/my-...
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Implementing canonical URLs for pages using filtering [duplicate]

I'm implementing a filtering option on my website where users can post and upvote images. The filtering options are: trending (by default) and new. The URLs are like this: example.com/tags/sunset/ ← ...
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Disavow duplicate content that has parameters?

Wondering if anyone can help? I'm doing a backlink audit, and it seems that there is duplicate content due to parameters. The website itself and content are fine but then people seems to be commenting ...
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Would an hreflang implementation benefit SEO on a multilingual site that uses URL parameters to target different languages?

I am part of a team that is trying to improve the SEO on an international website that supports roughly 40 different languages. One idea was to submit an XML sitemap with the hreflang attribute. ...
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How to track clicks on inbound links besides via URL parameters?

We use a custom CMS on a site and we're having various parameters on inbound links for own tracking and inbound marketing purposes. Usually these URL parameters are added to the links so the system ...
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Do URL parameters In Google Webmaster Tools need just a name, or both a name and a value?

We're working on a new e-commerce store (subdomain) and have noticed that Google has crawled much of the store subdomain pages already. The issue is that they have a ton of URL String Parameters ...